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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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MILLER, JAMES N., M. D. Sec. 13, P.O. Fayette. The Doctor was born in Galesville, Cherokee County, Ala., May 17, 1841; he was the fifth child of a family of ten children, born of Oliver and Rebecca Miller; they were natives of Tennessee; the former was born in 1810, and the latter two years later. In the Spring of 1858, the family moved to Perry County, this State, remaining there until the year 1862, when they moved to Macoupin County, and there lived until he died, which occurred Feb. 22, 1873; he was an old-time Mason, and was buried at Carlinville with Masonic honors; his wife is still living, and is with her son, Adam, who resides at Sheffield, this county. The Doctor, James N., after leaving the district school, attended the McKendree College, and, having a desire to fit himself for the practice of medicine, entered Rush Medical College, where he remained until graduation. In 1862, he went to Camp Butler, and was appointed as 1st Assistant Surgeon; receiving his commission as such, soon started South, and was assigned to the Gulf Department, 13th Army Corps; was mustered out July 4, 1865, and returned home to Macoupin County. On Feb. 3, was married to Eliza Edmondson, daughter of William F. Edmondson, now residing in Missouri. Eliza was born Nov. 8, 1848; four children have blessed their union: John C., born March 16, 1868, died Nov. 23, 1870; William O., born Sept. 13, 1870; Adam E., born Sept. 14, 1874, died Aug. 24, 1877; James E., born Sept. 27, 1878. Oct. 8, 1865, the Doctor moved to Fayette, and engaged in the practice of medicine, which he has since continued, and is successful, and has a good practice; and his ability as a practitioner is unquestioned, and he possesses all those characteristics that pertain to a true and cultured gentleman, and has the confidence and esteem of the community in which he resides.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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